The best Hull City of Culture events for kids

There’s no excuse not to visit Hull right now – there’s so much to during its year of having the City of Culture status.

We visited mainly to see Blade in the city centre. We then made a full afternoon of it by having a look around the newly re-opened Fernes Art gallery and the Maritime Museum (both free entry) before popping to Furley and Co for a freakshake. (This is a MUST, you have to see them to believe them, £5 each!)

There’s a great kids’ gallery at Ferens in Queen Victoria Square. My kids, six and three loved playing picnics in the little house, launching themselves on the giant pillows and writing on the wall.

FUN: Oliver & Jasmine play in the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull

The City of Culture year has been split into seasons, the first of which is now underway and runs until the end of March. Here’s the best events to take the kids to:

Look up

A giant wind turbine blade has landed in the city centre. Blade is the first in a series of temporary artworks which will be displayed in public places and spaces to form the Look Up programme. Who knows what will come next after it’s moved on March 18?

Oliver and Jasmine loved seeing it and touching it and having their photos taken with it. Oliver then drew it as part of his homework when we got home.

INSPIRATIONAL: Oliver and Jasmine post their Challenge Hull notes

Get creative

Every Monday, the City of Culture team are setting a new challenge to encourage people to get creative. Children can try writing, drawing, dancing, cooking, discovering, exploring, performing or photographing.

Check out the Facebook and Twitter pages or visit every Monday for your weekly challenge then post it online with #challengeHull.

We joined in with the ‘Write an inspirational message’ where people were challenged to write a note and then leave it for others to find. My two children LOVED doing this.

A moth for Amy trail

There are 59 giant colourful moths to find across Hull, East Riding and beyond. The art project is modelled on Hull’s highly successful Larkin with Toads project.

Each moth reflects the powerful inspiration of Amy Johnson and her amazing flying achievements. The Moths remain where they have settled until March 31, 2017.

Diverse Fest

Diverse Fest is a performance festival for those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to showcase. It is open for everybody of all ages to enjoy. Expect to find a café and stalls, as well as activities, karaoke, performances and a disco.

The event will be held on Saturday, January 14, at Bridlington Spa, between 12 noon and 8pm. Tickets which can be booked online are £3 for the day.

Re-made in Hull

A series of educational craft workshops set in a pretend factory. Families will be encouraged to work together to celebrate the culture of recycling in Hull and have fun making arts and crafts.

Workshops will take place from 11am to 1pm on Saturdays, from January 14 to April 22, at Hull Scrapstore, Dairycoates Avenue, Hull. Workshops will also take place during the February half-term school holidays and the school Easter holidays. See for times and dates and to book.


Get up close and personal with a Bowhead – also known as a Greenland Right Whale – in a lifelike visual installation. Bowhead is at the Maritime Museum in Queen Victoria Square, Hull, which is open daily from 9am until 5pm until March 19.

YUM: If you’re visiting Hull, pop to Furley & Co for a freakshake!

Creative Voice Dance

The next generation of performers from Creative Voice and Hull Dance take over the stage at Hull Truck Theatre. The evening will showcase a newly created piece by Hull Dance Youth Company.

The dance show is being held at Hull Truck Theatre on Sunday, January 29 at 7pm. Tickets are £3 each.

Back To Ours

The Back to Ours events include comedy, music, circus, theatre, cabaret, dance and film, including the following:

1) The Story of Mr B

A surprise-filled puppet show, set in a giant pop-up book, tells the story of Mr Bumblegrum. Suitable for children aged three and over.

This show will be held at the Sirius Academy West, on Wednesday, February 22, at 11am and 2pm, on Thursday, February 23 at 11am and 2pm at Winifred Holtby Academy and on Saturday, February 25 at 11am and 2pm at Archbishop Sentamu Academy. Tickets, available online are priced between £2.50 and £5.

2) Picture House: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

This film will be screened on Wednesday, February 22 at 10.30am at Archbishop Sentamu Academy, on Thursday, February 23 at 10.30am at Sirius Academy West and on Saturday, February 25 at 10.30am at Winifred Holtby Academy. Tickets are £2.50.

3) Picture House: Matilda

This film will be screened on Wednesday, February 22 at 1.30pm at Archbishop Sentamu Academy, on Thursday, February 23 at 1.30pm at Sirius Academy West and on Saturday, February 25 at 1.30pm at Winifred Holtby Academy. Tickets are £2.50 and can be booked online.

4) Picture House: Fantastic Mr Fox

This film will be screened on Wednesday, February 22 at 4pm at Archbishop Sentamu Academy, on Thursday, February 23 at 4pm at Sirius Academy West and on Saturday, February 25 at 4pm at Winifred Holtby Academy. Tickets are £2.50.

There will also be two more Back to Ours festivals planned for the half term school holidays in May and October – details to be announced.

Telling Tales

Actor Simon Callow narrates a family-friendly programme of classical music presented by the New London Chamber Ensemble. Featuring the musical stories of Opus Number Zoo, Peter and The Wolf and Martin Butler’s Dirty Beasts Tales

The show will be held on Friday, February 24 at 1pm in the Middleton Hall at the University of Hull. Tickets, available online are priced between £4 and £8.

Goldilocks and The Three Bears

Northern Ballet’s productions especially for children are not to be missed and have even been showed on CBeebies. This is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time.

Performances take place at 12pm and 2pm with a relaxed performance at 5pm on Friday, March 17 at the Bridlington Spa. Each performance lasts approximately 40 minutes.



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